When you have been living alone or with friends, being an apartment gives you that sense of independence. Away from the warm welcome of your hometown, from your family who cooks you breakfast, away from your comfort zone— that’s a lot to take in but you got to do what a young person in their 20s would do (and probably until your 30s). Apartment living is initially a challenge, you are bound to limited floor space and you get what you get, you can’t really renovate and change the apartment layout to your liking since you’re only renting the space. You have to follow the rules of your landlord and your neighbors are just one wall away from you, but ultimately you get used to the idea of it and the current challenge you’re struggling about now is how to keep your living space in top shape and how to stay tidy.

You don’t want to be the messy roommate or the kind of person who can’t invite people into his apartment because you have so much stuff lying everywhere. You can be saved, let’s change that!

Here are 5 Tips for keeping your Apartment clean and organized without really trying too hard:

Tip 1: Invest in Storage Spaces

Do you have more stuff than you think you can handle? Are 80% of those things not being used and are collecting dust in your apartment? Then you need to really invest in getting whether a separate storage facility or a very organized storage system in your home. There are a lot of furnitures with tons of clever storage spaces that you can purchase in your local Home Depot or Ikea, just ask help in installing and building them then you’re good to go. Some of things that you need more storage for are your clothes, winter apparels and gears, sports gear, pantry items and your little trinkets. Properly storing these things will really help you save up more walking space in your apartment and you’ll see the difference once all things are in their own storage. One cool thing about investing in a unique storage system is that you’ll find out that there are a lot of areas you can hide them without really compromising on interior design. Like hideaway pantry cabinets that you can pull out from the side of your fridge using that little gap between your countertop and fridge. It’s those little ideas that makes it more interesting and make you want to hide away everything now.

Tip 2: Keep your sink and countertops clutter-free

The most used area in the house is probably your kitchen, it’s where you prepare and cook your food and sometime eat as well (that’s if you live alone). It’s also the part of the house that gets dirty every time ad it could build up molds and bacteria when left unclean. You just really have to bear in mind that things don’t clean up after themselves, you have to do a little dirty work. But it won’t be much a huge workload if you do it religiously and make it a routine. You just have to keep your sinks and countertops clutter-free, period. if it means for you to clean as you go then do it. It’ll only take about 10 minutes of your time to clear your table, put the dishes in the dishwasher or wash it on the sink, dry it, wipe your counters and store aways your ingredients and food. That’s how simple it is to avoid a mountain of dishes piling up in your sink until it stinks.

Tip 3: Make your Bed, Everyday

This should be the first thing that you do when you wake up everyday, you have to make your bed as your mom always tell you to do. Even if it’s not as snug and perfect, just arrange your pillow, fold you blanket and tidy up your sheets, that would really ease your day and remove an eyesore. it just have to looked arranged, that’s it. But if you have ample time, then make it a habit to really “make” your bed every time you wake up, it’s a great day starter. You need to start it right and when you go back to your bedroom at night after a day’s hard work— you’ll appreciate lying down in a perfectly made bed and you’ll sleep like a baby instantly. You also have to change your sheets once in a while, pop it in your laundry and get your extra fresh sheets then you’re good to go.

Tip 4: Everything should have it’s place

Even the littlest thing in your home should always have it’s own place. You should consider this every time you come back home after work and figure out where to put your keys, wallet, bag, coat then when you go the the bedroom, where do you put the clothes you wore, down to the spoon and fork you used when eating. It is important so that you’ll know where to find these items and where to lead your visitor if you have one.

Tip 5: Hire a Professional Cleaner

When all other tips doesn’t work for you, it’s not bad to ask for a little help and pay extra bucks for it— hire a professional cleaning service provider and you won’t have to worry about the cleanliness of your homes. They bring their own cleaning materials and they are usually flexible in their schedules, so whatever works for you they will cater to it. Most services also do deep cleaning, so they’ll leave you with your home good as new.

These are just a few tips on making your apartments clean and pristine, there are more of these but these are the top five that you can definitely do.